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September 2012 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

A new life for Ivan-Joe

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A Papua New Guinean boy has returned home to a brighter future after a medical team at Monash Children’s Hospital performed complex surgery.

App goes from better to best

App goes from better to best story link jpegBetter Health Channel’s free iPhone and iPad app has won an Australian 2012 Mobile Award in the medical category

By George, that looks good enough to eat

By George, that looks good enough to eat story link jpegPatients undergoing radiation therapy were treated to a meal prepared by George Calombaris – MasterChef judge and owner of several of Melbourne’s top restaurants – as part of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s annual guest chef event.

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Patients benefit from E.J. Foundation

The E.J. Whitten Foundation has provided $22,500 to Western Health towards a bladder scanner for the Sunshine Hospital Radiation Therapy Centre.

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Picture tells a story

It’s not every day Ballarat Base Hospital’s youngest patients are swapping stories with Alice in Wonderland, laughing with Little Red Riding Hood and cuddling up to the Big Bad Wolf

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Warrnambool in video link with Royal Children’s in another first

South West Healthcare’s Warrnambool emergency department is the first in Victoria to have a 24/7 video-connection with the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric Emergency Transport service (PET).

General News

App goes from better to best
Better Health Channel’s free iPhone and iPad app has won an Australian 2012 Mobile Award in the medical category.

Anti-harassment campaign launched
An Australian-first public campaign will encourage the community to say no to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

Doggies have their day
Two local supporters had once-in-a-lifetime experiences when they were part of the action at the Western Bulldogs versus Sydney Swans AFL clash.

Donation funds IT equipment for Pyrenees House
East Grampians Health Service Chief Executive Officer Nick Bush has thanked the Collier Charitable Fund for a $30,000 donation to Pyrenees House Education Centre in Ararat.

MonashHeart TV series now out on DVD
The 13-part Heart Starters series, screened recently on Channel 31, is now available on DVD.

25-year anniversary for 24-hour service
The Royal Women’s Hospital’s Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA House) has celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Boost for melanoma research
A tissue collection facility at the Alfred Hospital will allow researchers to gain a greater understanding of melanomas and develop more effective treatments.

Hospital and Health Services

A new life for Ivan-Joe
A Papua New Guinean boy has returned home to a brighter future after a medical team at Monash Children’s Hospital performed complex surgery.

Picture tells a story
It’s not every day Ballarat Base Hospital’s youngest patients are swapping stories with Alice in Wonderland, laughing with Little Red Riding Hood and cuddling up to the Big Bad Wolf.

Warrnambool in video link with Royal Children’s in another first
South West Healthcare’s Warrnambool emergency department is the first in Victoria to have a 24/7 video-connection with the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric Emergency Transport service (PET).

Peninsula perfect for medical students
Monash University medical student Lidia Samcewicz-Parham, 22, has just completed the clinical component for her degree at Peninsula Health.

Fellowships for Horsham three
Three overseas-trained Wimmera Health Care Group doctors have received Fellowships.

Aged Care

Support for south, east seniors
The Zoroastrian Association of Victoria will receive a State Government grant to help isolated culturally-diverse seniors in Melbourne’s east and south east get involved in their local communities.

Seniors spoiled for festive choice
Older Victorians will again be spoilt for choice between October 7 and 14, during the State Government-funded Victorian Seniors Festival – now in its 30th year.

 

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Cancer hopes grow on daffodil day
More Victorians than ever are winning their fight against cancer with new statistics showing five-year survival rates have increase to 65 per cent.

Kidney diseases target
Western Health is trialling an early detection program targeting patients at risk of developing kidney disease in the Melbourne’s western suburbs.

By George, that looks good enough to eat
Patients undergoing radiation therapy were treated to a meal prepared by George Calombaris – MasterChef judge and owner of several of Melbourne’s top restaurants – as part of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s annual guest chef event.

Parents urged on vax for toddlers
Parents are being urged to take up the offer of a free, one-off dose of the new pneumococcal vaccine for their toddlers.

Patients benefit from E.J. Foundation
The E.J. Whitten Foundation has provided $22,500 to Western Health towards a bladder scanner for the Sunshine Hospital Radiation Therapy Centre.

Talk leads to action
A new approach to Aboriginal health services has proved successful for locals and Latrobe Community Health Service.

Report tackles health literacy in diverse communities
A new report highlights the importance of supporting people from Victoria’s many multicultural backgrounds to make informed healthcare choices.

A good word for speech pathologists
Spencer White has a goal – and he has it in sight.

Prostate cancer program at The Austin
David Gray knows the challenges facing prostate cancer patients.

Mobile dental van going up the country
A new mobile dental check-up and oral health promotion service is embarking on a regional road trip bringing vital dental care closer to home for rural Victorians.

Mental Health and Drugs

Specialist psychiatry training for Shepparton
Goulburn Valley Health is to provide five-year specialist training in psychiatry in Shepparton.

Young people invited to hitch a ride on a smile
A Mornington Peninsula schools project is helping lighten lives at Frankston Hospital’s adolescent health unit.

Youth service opens
Victoria’s first prevention and recovery service specifically for young people experiencing mental health issues has been opened in Frankston.